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Deep Dive into Dakota Ceremonies and Traditions

In Standing Rock Sioux author Susan Power’s short story "First Fruits," Dakota student Georgiana arrives at Harvard University to begin her first year, and her father smokes out her dorm room with prayer tobacco in order to expel evil spirits. This project will research this use of prayer tobacco as well as other Dakota (Sioux) ceremonies and traditions to explain their meanings and components.

Joey Wlazlo '26
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